UK – Camden Town Brewery builds vertical strawberry Farm

London’s Camden Town Brewery has has launched what it’s called “the UK’s first brewery-based urban vertical farm”.
Teaming up with Rootlabs, who construct urban farms, and sister company to GrowUp Community Farms, the companies champion the use of vertical farming, a method of planting that both saves space and uses 90% less water than traditional techniques.
The initial strawberry crop will be used to brew Camden’s seasonal Strawberry Hells Forever beer.
The brewer will donate 20p from every can of Strawberry Hells sold to GrowUp Community Farms to help support their mission.
Via The Drinks Business

Trappist Monks Embrace E-commerce

In order to prevent people from selling their bottles on at inflated prices, Belgian Trappist monks are launching an online reservation system.
A crate of Westvleteren XII costs €2.50 per bottle, but has been reported to sell as much as €12 in Brussels.
Brother Godfried said the monastery decided to act after discovering a Dutch supermarket had stockpiled a large order of beer and began selling them for €9.95 each.
“It really opened our eyes,” he said.
“It was a sort of wake-up call that the problem was so serious, that a company was able to buy such volumes. It really disturbed us.”
Via The Drinks Business

Congratulations to the latest Falconer Foundation Scholarship winners!

Catherine Wiest and Jaron Shepherd were selected from an outstanding group of talented applicants to receive the 2019 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Siebel Brewing Scholarships. Catherine Wiest is from Pelican Brewing Company (Pacific City, OR) and Jaron Shepherd is from 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, CA).
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship program encompasses over half of the United States geography and the scholarships draw candidates from throughout that region.
Via Falconer Foundation Press Release

Oregon Cider Week kicks off June 20th!

Apples, Apples Everywhere! Cider Makers across Oregon prepare to pour!

Oregon Cider Week runs from June 20th-30th, (yes that’s more than a week but nobody’s complaining)
Oregon Cider Makers and cider bars across the state will be sharing a cascades of ciders at events across the state.
Want to have your very own Oregon Cider Week at home? Do a cider tasting in the woods on your next camping trip?

Get the full Oregon Cider Week Calendar at Oregonciderweek.com!

East London craft brewery pulls a piggyback on Brewdog’s ad campaign

Brewdog’s ad campaign launched last week. Dubbed the “most honest ad ever”, the brewery launched a 30-second video featuring the word ADVERT is displayed in large font with a can of Punk IPA in front of it with thrash metal music in the background.
On buses, the ad is worded ‘ADVERT ON A BUS’ above a picture of a can of their new Punk IPA.
The east London craft brewery is encouraging people to take pictures of themselves holding bottles of its own flagship beer to cover the Scottish brewer’s cans in the ads – then share the images on social media with @forestroadbrew and the hashtag #beerthatworks both on Instagram and Twitter. Beer fans who follow Forest Road’s orders can claim a free pint from Forest Road Brewing Co’s Tap Room in Hackney by showing their picture to the bar staff.

Via: The Drinks Business

Events announced for PDX BEERWEEK 2019

Portland Oregon, self proclaimed “Greatest Beer City on Earth”, launches their 9th annual Beer Week June 7-16th. This years celebration of craft beer will span 10-days of events across the city.
The 2019 event lineup (June 7-16th), includes a new kickoff party with Mikkeller Brewing, the debut of Bean to Bar: Chocolate and Beer Festival and resurrecting past hits like the Brewers Burger Brawl and Mussels from Brussels.
Via PDX Beer Week

Robotic treasure recovery planned for century-old buried Champagne storage room

Due to serious risk to human life, robot recovery is planned for reaching a possible stash of over 1 million bottles of Champagne trapped beneath Pol Roger’s cellars since structural collapse in 1900.
In February last year, using sonar technology, Pol Roger unearthed 26 bottles of intact Champagne, which are believed to come from the 1898 vintage.
Pol Roger reported that they are potable, with the corks still in tact.
Via: The Drinks Business

Craft Beer Obstacle Course Debuts at MT Brew Fest

Craft Beer Week, Beer Obstacle Course, & MT Brew Fest all During BeerNow19 – Great Falls Craft Beer Week featuring Mighty Mo Brewing Co., Jeremiah Johnson Brewing, and Black Eagle Brewery seems to be a natural for the first Beer Obstacle Course I’ve ever heard of.

The kick-off event to Craft Beer Week is a fun, but challenging Beer Obstacle Course. Local gyms, climbing centers, and even furniture stores provide the obstacles and we provide the “hydration stations” between the obstacles. Attendee’s get to have a taste of some local beer to help get them through the course while the “spectator section” enjoys live music, food, and a selection of local brews as well.

Check out the events at their website www.gfcraftbeerweek.com.

Via: BeerNow

AHA Big Brew May 4th

National Homebrew Day was designated by Congress May 7th in 1988. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created the Annual Big Brew event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. Big Brew happens each year on the first Saturday in May. Anyone can host a Big Brew event, so invite your family and friends, and join in the global celebration.

Don’t miss the simultaneous toast at 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT on May 4, 2019!

Join the celebration and attend a nearby event: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day

Sunday’s National Beer Day!

This sunday’s National Beer Day. It’s not a national holiday, but it should be…
Why April 7? Eighty-six years ago America’s violent era of prohibition (Beginning in 1919) finally ended with the Cullen-Harrison act of 1933. Enough states approved the 21st Amendment later that year to bring an end to Prohibition.
Some beer lovers a decade ago decided the day deserved celebration – they created a National Beer Day Facebook page – and social media has helped the holiday grow.

Via: USA Today

Apply for 2 Siebel Scholarships from Falconer Foundation

In collaboration with the Siebel Institute of Technology, the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is offering two full-tuition brewing education scholarships in 2019. Both scholarship are full tuition grants and come with generous travel/lodging stipends.

The first scholarship is to the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology in Chicago in November 2019. The Concise Course in Brewing Technology is a two-week intensive program that covers every topic critical to successful brewery operations. The program is designed for brewers pursuing a wider knowledge of professional brewing standards and techniques in order to advance their brewing careers as well as individuals planning to enter the brewing industry. The Concise Course scholarship includes a $1,000 stipend to help offset travel and lodging expenses.
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